OK guys – thanks to your suggestions from my last column, I’m totally taking this door from our old home.

I mean how can I possibly leave it behind? It has markings from my girls’ growth (and even a few spots where they measured their stuffed animals). As one reader put, “Leslie – you’ll regret it so much if you don’t take the door.” So, I’m taking it. Next week when we officially close – this door will come with.

(Don’t worry new owners – we will replace the door.)

But here’s the thing – this new door will not go with the look of our new home. We plan for all the doors and trim to be white and this door, well isn’t. I do have at least 7 months of building ahead to decide how to incorporate him into the design. The cool part is I can ask my builder to do it for me and I plan to do just that.

But – now what. I’m not sure how to incorporate this door. Clearly it still needs to be used as a growth chart since my girls, at 4 and 2 – still have plenty of growing years ahead.

I’ve found some seriously cool ideas off Pinterest that I like – but nothing is quite right. Check these out – and then let me know what you think!

P.S. – It’s a fairly slender door so as far as width goes, it wouldn’t take up that much space.

Help! Ideas? Would love to hear them!

I like the concept of this door – just letting it lean up against the wall is a fairly good idea. However, I’d be nervous that it would fall over on my girls or their favorite cat, Buddy – which is obviously an issue.

I actually LOVE the idea of making this after my girls have grown. How sweet would it be to make a toddler bed out of the door with their growth chart? Their babies could come over to Grandma’s house to sleep in the bed made from a door in their very first home.


Clearly that’s down the road, so I believe the idea is out for now. I’ll re-visit in 25-30 years. Remind me – please.

I like this idea, too.  However – I only have one door. Maybe get another?

Um, I love this one. Now I want to go back to every place I’ve ever lived and take the door!! No, seriously. I really want to. I might have to convince my sister, Lindsay to let me take the door of my very first childhood room. (She is moving in to mom and dads house  next year – so, I would really have to convince.)  But how cool is this? Can I do this in my office? Just put up a bunch of doors? Would people think I am crazy?


This is another version of using the door to make an actual piece of furniture. I like this idea for future Leslie and Kyle’s home as well. Wouldn’t it be a cool conversation starter?

This is just cool.  Hands down – cool.

So – what do you think? Any ideas for me? How often can I use the word cool? Is there a help group for me? No? OK – cool.

Leslie Means

Leslie is the founder and owner of Her View From Home.com. She is also a former news anchor, published children’s book author, weekly columnist, and has several published short stories as well. She is married to a very patient man. Together they have three fantastic kids.  When she’s not sharing too much personal information online and in the newspaper – you’ll find Leslie somewhere in Nebraska hanging out with family and friends. There’s also a 75% chance at any given time, you’ll spot her in the aisles at Target.